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Old 03-17-2011, 02:48 PM   #1
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Linux and FTP

I am running windows 7 and using FileZilla as client FTP software to upload/download files to and from a Linux server. I have tried every option within FileZilla to get ASCII files to upload and automatically strip off the carriage return from the end of each line. ASCII mode file transfer is SUPPOSED to do this for me.

Even though the message log says the transfer is in ASCII mode, I still end up with cntl-M characters (carriage returns) at the end of each line.

The developers of FileZilla have told me that there is a FTP setting on the server that will allow/handle this ASCII mode conversion.

Does anyone know of such a setting? Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-17-2011, 02:51 PM   #2
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What FTP daemon are you running on your server?
Like, vsftpd or something else?
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:44 PM   #3
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When you FTP in ASCII mode, the client and the server both have to be set to the correct code page for translation to happen successfully.

I don't know which server you're using, but I found this bit of info in vsftp.conf to be interesting:

# By default the server will pretend to allow ASCII mode but in fact ignore
# the request. Turn on the below options to have the server actually do ASCII
# mangling on files when in ASCII mode.
# Beware that turning on ascii_download_enable enables malicious remote parties
# to consume your I/O resources, by issuing the command "SIZE /big/file" in
# ASCII mode.
# These ASCII options are split into upload and download because you may wish
# to enable ASCII uploads (to prevent uploaded scripts etc. from breaking),
# without the DoS risk of SIZE and ASCII downloads. ASCII mangling should be
# on the client anyway..
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:46 AM   #4
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Thanks for your help. The settings of "#ascii_upload_enable=YES" "#ascii_download_enable=YES" did the trick.


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